Chrissy Teigen’s Secret Cooking Tips

Katie Sweeney

Although she’s a model who appeared in this year’s Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, Chrissy Teigen is an advanced home cook and food lover. She’s not afraid of eating Shake Shack burgers or chicken pot pie soup and in her new cookbook, Cravings, many of the recipes—buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy, frito-pie, and super tuna melts —can not be considered healthy. She’s a champion deep fryer who, along with her husband, singer John Legend, was on the cover of Architectural Digest in 2014. In honour of Cravings release, AD has shared some of Teigen’s culinary secrets—that they learned while interviewing and shooting the pretty chef two years ago. These tips were never published at the time of the story and are not found in the book. Ready to cook like Chrissy? Here are five of her secret culinary tips.

1. Always make things by hand. Teigen told AD the following about tomato soup: “It’s so good. It’s just so clean and good for you. The act of cutting the tomatoes and salting them with the olive oil and then roasting them is just so beautiful to me—the whole process. And then you mill it by hand. I mean, anyone can throw things in a Vitamix or something, but I like doing everything by hand.”

2. Order groceries with a delivery service. Teigen uses Instacart to get her groceries delivered from the popular Whole Foods—we suggest online shopping from Woolworths, Coles, or About LIfe.

3. Use frozen pie crusts. “Everyone should use frozen pie crusts—it’s genius!” she said. “Pillsbury makes a great one. It’s already in the tin, of course; everything’s already done. If you want to make a quiche, you just pour in cream and eggs and vegetables and pop it in the oven and it’s done.”

4. Watch TV while you cook. “I have to have something on, even if I’m not paying attention,” explains Teigen. “That’s why I like crappy reality TV so much, just because you don’t have to be watching it.”

Get more of Chrissy’s culinary advice in her cookbook, Cravings.

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